There are two parades with decades-old traditions scheduled for Monday.  Well into its second half-century will be the Bethalto Memorial Day Parade.  This is the 56th year for the event, while the 148th annual Alton Memorial Day Parade also steps off from the Alton Middle School tomorrow morning.

In Alton, the parade follows the traditional route, and Alton Township Supervisor Don Huber tells The Big Z the Grand Marshal is actually a group - the Alton Optimists Club.

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In Bethalto, parade organizer Clyde Jones tells The Big Z the ceremony that follows at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens will feature Jeff Allsman as the MC, and guest speaker Dave Miles. 

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Due to road construction, the parade will start behind city hall rather than at the Boys and Girls Club.  Mark Ellebracht and Mike Montgomery will have live coverage of the Alton parade tomorrow morning right here on Z-1570 starting at 10:00.  If you live in the Bethalto area, the annual parade & service will start at about 10:15am. 


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